Joint Curatorial/Adjunct Faculty Position Filled at Higgins Armory Museum and WPI

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Worcester, Mass. -- Jeffrey L. Singman, Ph.D., has been appointed to the joint curatorial/adjunct position at the Higgins Armory Museum and WPI. The Museum's Paul S. Morgan Curatorship, named after prominent Worcester businessman and Higgins Armory Museum honorary trustee, Paul S. Morgan, is the first such collaborative position among Central Massachusetts cultural and educational institutions. Singman will head the Museum's curatorial department and will be a non-tenured member of the WPI Humanities and Arts Department faculty.

Singman, who will begin his duties Jan. 4, has an extensive background in history, languages and teaching. A graduate of Brown University and a Fulbright scholar, holding a Ph.D. from the Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto, he is a specialist in medieval and early modern cultural history. He is fluent in written Latin and several modern European languages, and has taught courses in mythology, medieval civilization, Elizabethan history, Latin and Icelandic. "Singman is a perfect fit for both institutions," said Museum executive director, Kent dur Russell "and has a wide range of educational experience, including interpretations of Greenfield Village Museum and Plimouth Plantation, and performance in medieval and Renaissance drama, early music and fencing, which can add significantly to the liveliness of the Museum's programs. As an internationally recognized scholar, he will have a strong impact on the Museum," continued Russell.

Singman has published numerous books and articles. Among the most recent is an article for the latest Royal Armouries Yearbook on a thirteenth-century German fencing manual in the Royal Armouries collection. One of his books is Robin Hood: The Shaping of the Legend (1998).

WPI Provost John F. Carney, III added that "Professor Singman's many teaching experiences at the University of Toronto and several other institutions over the course of a decade will make a significant and exciting addition to WPI's Living Museum's Group in the Humanities and Arts Department. We are very fortunate to have found a person who is accomplished in both the teaching and museum worlds."

The responsibilities of the new joint position will include overseeing the curatorial department, conducting original research into the Museum's collections, working with WPI students in the preparation of temporary exhibits with the collection, teaching at WPI, and creating seminar, internship and project programs for WPI students.